Smart Play by Celtics & Garnett
The Boston Celtics have decided to shut down Kevin Garnett for at least the next four games as he is plagued by a sore knee. Garnett has missed 15 out of the last 19 games due to his nagging knee, but may be able to return for the teams last three regular season games.
Coach Doc Rivers had this to say:
“After watching him move today, we’re just going to shut him down,” Rivers said. “It probably won’t be for the year. He’ll probably play by the end, last couple of games, or last three games. It’s just not progressing the way we anticipated it would progress.”
Garnett not being 100% puts the Celtics chances of repeating in serious jeopardy, and definitely doesn't help the online sports betting odds. The Cavaliers and Magic are much improved in the east, plus the Lakers have been dominant in the west all year long, boasting a 10 game lead over second place San Antonio. If the Ticket isn't able to do the things that allow him to be the superstar he is, the Celtics won't be able to rely on Glen Davis, Leon Powe, and Mikki Moore to replicate a typical KG performance against stiffer competition.
I'm not knocking the bench, because those guys play hard, but Garnett is the center piece in Boston. His energy fuels the rest of the team, and without him they will be running on regular unleaded vs that premium stuff.
For Boston's sake lets hope that KG will get himself together in time for some clutch playoff play. I'm sure that the commish would rather have Sir Garnett in uniform for the sake of his ratings too!